With a whole season of football ahead of them, Southern is not paying much attention to preseason rankings, but Grambling players say they can't get the demons of last year out of their head.
Despite going to back-to-back SWAC championship games, Southern was ranked number 2 in the SWAC West preseason polls. Looking to buck that trend is now-Sophomore QB Austin Howard. Head coach Dawson Odums says that their QB is better overall. "He has a complete grasp about what's going on around him," says Odums.
Grambling State's last-drive loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic still leaves a bitter taste in their mouths. "I had nightmares," says Grambling Wide Receiver Chester Rodgers. "It sounds dramatic, but it was on my mind."
Another Grambling State player says that the agony of not playing in the SWAC Championship was enough for one man to go through, but GSU QB Jonathan Williams says "letting down the seniors" was the roughest part about the experience for him.
While Grambling State players say that their dreams are haunted by blue and gold, their head coach simply says that it may be a good thing. "Our kids have worked extremely hard, and they know what they're supposed to do." says GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs.
Southern and Grambling State faces off in the 42nd Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, November 28.